Kerala offers several gastronomic opportunities. Spices that flavor the local cuisine give it a sharp pungency that is heightened with the use of Tamarind and Kodapuli, while Coconut gives it its richness absorbing some of the tongue-teasing, pepper- hot flavors. However, there is a good deal of seafood available, and the prawn curries in their beds of coconut gravy are exceptionally good. Curries are eaten usually with plain steamed rice. Other delicacies include APPAM a puffy variation of DOSA [fermented coconut- water or Toddy is mixed for making APPAMS] and can be had either with kadala curry (black chickpeas curry), egg masala or chicken curry. The traditional feast of Kerala- called SADYA – is dished up readily during Onam, in every eatery, restaurant or home. Exotically served on a clean fresh banana leaf, this multi-course extravaganza comprises mainly rice and countless curries and dishes, all delectably vegetarian, most of them coconut-based. With various tongue-tingling pickles adding that touch of spice. And topped by large helpings of Payasams- a sweet milky porridge served with dried fruits and nuts.